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* InfantImmortality: Averted. If you've seen the movie, you know the scene.

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* RageBreakingPoint: One of the sailors, having been given rotten food for the umpteenth time on a plate with the Lord's Prayer line "Give us this day our daily bread", throws the food and plate to the floor. This signals the start of the revolt.

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* {{Gorn}}: By 1925 standards, anyway. The Odessa Steps part of the film is ''very'' violent.


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* NamelessNarrative: Zig-zagged. The first half of the film has names, but only in passing, and all the named characters die in the uprising. The second half of the film is told entirely without names of any kind.


You can watch ''Battleship Potemkin'' [[https://russianfilmhub.com/movies/battleship-potemkin-1926/ here]].

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You can watch ''Battleship Potemkin'' [[https://russianfilmhub.com/movies/battleship-potemkin-1926/ here]].


* {{Montages}}: Made Eisenstein famous. The most distinctive one in this film shows three shots of three stone lions that pop up consecutively, making a stone lion appear to rise up.

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* {{Montages}}: Made Eisenstein famous. The most distinctive one in this film shows three quick shots of three stone lions that pop up consecutively, in different poses (sleeping, raising its head, sitting up), making a stone it seem like the lion appear to rise up.statue has come awake.


** In the movie, when the Potemkin fired on Odessa, they destroy the Czarist headquarters. In reality, someone in fire control disagreed with the mutiny and gave them the wrong coordinates, causing them to level a few blocks of tenements full of innocent people instead.

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** In the movie, when the Potemkin fired on Odessa, they destroy the Czarist headquarters. In reality, someone in fire control disagreed with the mutiny and gave them the wrong coordinates, causing them to level a few blocks of tenements full of innocent people instead.two shells they fired both missed.


It is in the public domain in many places; you can watch it [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_4Qfuzn25sI here]].

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It is in the public domain in many places; you You can watch it [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_4Qfuzn25sI ''Battleship Potemkin'' [[https://russianfilmhub.com/movies/battleship-potemkin-1926/ here]].


It is in the public domain in many places; you can watch it [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7TgWoSHUn8c here]].

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It is in the public domain in many places; you can watch it [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7TgWoSHUn8c com/watch?v=_4Qfuzn25sI here]].



** That massacre? Never happened. It was just made up so that the revolution would look more justified, though it still might have had some basis in facts—there were reports of demostrations being put down by troops on that day, so while the massacre as shown in the film most probably indeed never happened, this scene might be an exaggeration of some real event. [[note]]The actual "massacre?" The Guards fired warning shots over the heads of the crowd in front of them... and hit a few people BEHIND the crowd in front of them. However, the Czarist troops did later prevent people from leaving the port after several buildings caught fire, indirectly leading to dozens of deaths. The Black Sea Mutiny was complicated.[[/note]]
** In the movie, when the Potemkin fired on Odessa, they destroy the Czarist headquarters. In reality someone in fire control disagreed with the mutiny and gave them the wrong coordinates, causing them to level a few blocks of tenements full of innocent people instead.

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** That massacre? Never happened. It was just made up so that the revolution would look more justified, though it still might have had some basis in facts—there facts — there were reports of demostrations being put down by troops on that day, so while the massacre as shown in the film most probably indeed never happened, this scene might be an exaggeration of some real event. event.[[note]]The actual "massacre?" The Guards fired warning shots over the heads of the crowd in front of them... and hit a few people BEHIND the crowd in front of them. However, the Czarist troops did later prevent people from leaving the port after several buildings caught fire, indirectly leading to dozens of deaths. The Black Sea Mutiny was complicated.[[/note]]
** In the movie, when the Potemkin fired on Odessa, they destroy the Czarist headquarters. In reality reality, someone in fire control disagreed with the mutiny and gave them the wrong coordinates, causing them to level a few blocks of tenements full of innocent people instead.


* TheManIsStickingItToTheMan: It's a government propaganda film which [[DisobeyThisMessage tells you to overthrow the government]]. Years later, the Soviet government banned the film when they realized that message might apply to, you know, them.


* DueToTheDead: Vakulinchuk's body is laid out on the pier with a sign saying "For a spoonful of borscht." This is key to the second half of the movie as the wake triggers the protests in the city which in turn draw the Cossack assault.

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* DueToTheDead: Vakulinchuk's body is laid out on the pier with a sign saying "For a spoonful of borscht." This is key to the second half of the movie as the wake triggers the protests in the city which in turn draw the Cossack soldiers' assault.



* MoodWhiplash: The iconic Odessa Steps sequence starts with this. The people of the town are cheering and waving at the sailors on the boat and everyone's happy. Then a title card says "SUDDENLY" and everyone starts fleeing in terror. The next shot shows the Cossacks in formation approaching the top of the steps.

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* MoodWhiplash: The iconic Odessa Steps sequence starts with this. The people of the town are cheering and waving at the sailors on the boat and everyone's happy. Then a title card says "SUDDENLY" and everyone starts fleeing in terror. The next shot shows the Cossacks soldiers in formation approaching the top of the steps.



* OdessaSteps: The original. A squadron of Cossack soldiers appear at the top of the steps firing on the people, marching down the steps in unison as the crowd flees in panic.

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* OdessaSteps: The original. A squadron of Cossack soldiers appear at the top of the steps firing on the people, marching down the steps in unison as the crowd flees in panic.



* WouldHurtAChild: One part of the Odessa Steps sequence shows a little boy shot in the back. His mother dashes on for a little bit before realizing he is not with her, then turning and looking in horror as the boy is trampled. The next shot is a closeup of a Cossack boot coming down on the boy's wrist.

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* WouldHurtAChild: One part of the Odessa Steps sequence shows a little boy shot in the back. His mother dashes on for a little bit before realizing he is not with her, then turning and looking in horror as the boy is trampled. The next shot is a closeup of a Cossack soldier's boot coming down on the boy's wrist.

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* WouldHurtAChild: One part of the Odessa Steps sequence shows a little boy shot in the back. His mother dashes on for a little bit before realizing he is not with her, then turning and looking in horror as the boy is trampled. The next shot is a closeup of a Cossack boot coming down on the boy's wrist.

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* MoodWhiplash: The iconic Odessa Steps sequence starts with this. The people of the town are cheering and waving at the sailors on the boat and everyone's happy. Then a title card says "SUDDENLY" and everyone starts fleeing in terror. The next shot shows the Cossacks in formation approaching the top of the steps.


* HistoricalHeroUpgrade: Vakulinchuk, shown in the movie as the mutiny leader, in fact wasn't - he was just some dude who got caught in the fighting and was killed. The real leader of the mutiny went to Romania (and further to Europe) with the ship, finally settling in Dublin and opening a fish-and-chips shop.


* EternalEngine: The ship's powerplant.


* CallBack: Smirnov the doctor, who pronounced the maggoty meat acceptable, is chucked overboard. There's another shot of the worm-ridden slab of beef, and then a title that says "Feed the worms at the bottom!"



* DueToTheDead: Vakulinchuk's body is laid out on the pier with a sign saying "For a spoonful of borscht." This is key to the second half of the movie as the wake triggers the protests in the city which in turn draw the Cossack assault.



* OdessaSteps: The original.

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* OdessaSteps: The original. A squadron of Cossack soldiers appear at the top of the steps firing on the people, marching down the steps in unison as the crowd flees in panic.



* RepeatCut: The UrExample and TropeMaker. Used several times, as when the sailors are being huddled up on the deck for execution, or when the mother on the Odessa steps reacts to being shot.

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* RepeatCut: The UrExample and TropeMaker. Used several times, as when the sailors are being huddled up on the deck for execution, or when the mother on the Odessa steps reacts to being shot. In the scene where the sailors are being mustered on deck, the RepeatCut highlights the seething tension that will soon erupt into mutiny.

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